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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Potato Top'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Potato Top
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pink Potato Top, Fred Limbaugh's Potato Top)

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Medium (under one pound)
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, salad
Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Potato Leaf

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral b54red On Jul 18, 2010, b54red from Dothan, AL wrote:

One of the earliest of the large pink beefsteaks for me. Tomatoes are very good and mine ranged from 12 ounces and 18 ounces this year. Fairly large potato leaf plant with some disease tolerance.

Positive ducktrapper On Jul 17, 2009, ducktrapper from Grantsburg, WI wrote:

One of the best tasting tomatoes IMO. Very large yield for an heirloom beefsteak type. I have isolated and saved seed for several years now. Does fine in NW Wisconsin most years. This variety has switched at least two people that I know of away from Brandywine, it can be that good.

Positive Suze_ On Oct 31, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

80-85 days, indet, potato leaf plants, 10-18 oz slightly flattened pink beefsteaks, occasionally larger, good to very good flavor in my garden.

Family heirloom of Fred Limbaugh of Robinson, PA, raised by his father and grandfather in the 1930's. Correct name really is Potato Top (because that is what Fred and his family called it), but this variety has come to be frequently referred to as Pink Potato Top instead.

Positive critterologist On Jul 26, 2007, critterologist from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is the most consistently productive and delicious of any pink tomato I've grown! It's been in my garden for several years, but I only this year discovered its real name (the friend I got seeds from called it "Pennsylvania Pink").

Neutral Farmerdill On Nov 26, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

An 80 day cultivar.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama
Miami, Florida
Frederick, Maryland
Elgin, Texas
Grantsburg, Wisconsin

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